T. -the Wakefield Doctrine- ( writing in more than one sitting…. Take 2)

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)


I can’t believe that I just threw away a Post that I had nearly completed, ready to Publish. …the topic was: is it possible for me to write a Post in stages over time, as opposed to writing it ‘in one take‘.

Guess that means the answer is, ‘no’

What you, the Reader, missed, that I sorta regret having to throw away, was:

  • a Comment from Kristi about wanting to stop writing ‘rough drafts’
  • a question from Cynthia regarding staying ‘on task’ when a writing project necessarily requires an extended period of effort (writing and publishing an eBook)
  • a description of the clarklike worldview of Post writing, (it involved the image of my having an imaginary conversation with imaginary Readers)
  • a statement of explanation for the New Readers about how the Wakefield Doctrine maintains that, though we all live in our predominant worldview (the personal reality that you woke up in this morning), we retain the potential of ‘the other two’ ways to experience life and, that, is some cases, people have significant ‘secondary and tertiary aspects’… Kristi was a good example
  • a little riff on how clarks are so….  clarklike with our Outsider natures…unless we have a significant 2ndary scottian aspect, and then we write the hell out of it
  • mostly, I regret having a Poll…. hey!  wait a minute!! The Poll should still be available!!   so lets salvage some of the last 93 minutes of my life and publish this Poll:

clarkscottroger About clarkscottroger
Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one


  1. zoebyrd says:

    I GOT 100% on the poll!!! Oh wait….nevermind.

  2. Kristi says:

    Sorry, Zoe, I just ruined your perfect score.

  3. Linda Roy says:

    There are a lot of “others” in your community Clark. That is a most excellent sign that you are attracting a group of individualistic minded peeps. I like that. I am SO not a planner. And while I’m impressed when people can actually plan out, outline, map out, and otherwise construct their pieces, I’m here to admit that I jot down ideas as they come and then I sit down and plunk it all out in one sitting. That’s how I roll, yo. ;)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      …you know, you’re right. (It was a ‘tentative article of faith’* in the beginning of this blog that, by virtue of what the Doctrine is, the readership would have to be those with very robust imaginations…and, more importantly, people who enjoyed playing with the new)

      * lol… yes, I did use that expression with a very straight face… in fact! let me say ‘thank you Linda’ you just gave me the lead-in for tomorrow’s Post!

  4. Christine says:

    It is a rare day indeed that I get to sit down and write a post start to finish without having to stop for one reason or another. Plus, I edit quite a bit after I write a post, and stepping away for a bit.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      really? (I would ask, ‘but don’t you find yourself thinking… ‘nah, they’ll never buy that!, what possessed me to write that?!!” wait! disregard that question, I believe I know the answer.)

  5. Denise; says:

    I wish sometimes I could simply choose a topic arbitrarily to write about. And then write it.
    I have never done that! Hm….perhaps I should make that a self challenge!
    The closest I’ve gotten to writing “intentionally” is when writing a TToT post.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      well jeez! you should try it!

      (not to get all rogerian, but if I can write a Post by picking a topic (while still making sure it’s about a certain personality theory), you, who has a non-niche* blog should be able to do just fine!

      * as opposed to specialty blogs

  6. lrconsiderer says:

    *sometimes* I plan, but usually if I’m writing it at work, in notes, before being able to get to my laptop. Poems I write on paper first, as a rule, unless they’re responses, in which case they just happen.

    I have used a draft TWICE! I don’t like it.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      I like the idea of (your poems) being on ‘real’ paper first… more in keeping with what ( I imagine ) poetry writing should involve.

  7. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me says:

    Perhaps there should be an “all of the above” option. I am not a draft writer. I never have been for anything – not creative, not academic, nothing. I know, I know, the process and all. But I do my editing as I write, most often. Or I go back to a particular part if something down the line prompts me to do so. Every writer has their own unique process. Mine is sort of that. I really can’t say I draft, edit, review, re-draft, etc. It all happens as I go. Do I plan what to write? Yes and no. Sometimes and not. Some I get an idea, plop it out, and BAM! Some I write something, get distracted, then never finish! (A lot.) And because life always gets in the way, sometimes I start, have to do something else, and have no choice but to finish later.
    So, yeah.
    Poetry – I love the idea of poetry on paper and, in fact, that’s where all mine lives. I have a book where that happens. I don’t usually revise those – only maybe three have ever been actually “worked” and it’s because I wanted a particular effect. But every version of those lives in that same book so I have all of it.
    And this comment should explain clearly why I selected choice one…

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Every writer has their own unique process.
      I totally agree with that… I look at hear how others approach writing as a way to find an additional approach to add to, augment or even improve my own efforts. The main thing is that writing in the company of people of significantly greater skill is the best, if not most comfortable path to improving my own writing.